Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • heintz

    Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the loc...

  • Meeker Vineyard

    Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley in 1977,...

  • W. H. Smith Wines

    Curious by nature and eager to embrace new adventures, it didn’t take much for friend and winemak...

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander 2013

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    Savory red fruit and earthy notes on the nose. This is soft and creamy in the mouth, but bringing in a tannic backbone that supports the fruit through the mid palate with a tart herbal note and rich strawberry, red currant and red cherry notes leading into a nicely smoky, earthy finish with a pleasant minerality and a cocoa powder and vanilla fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014

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    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Wind Gap Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013

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    Very pretty garnet color with a lot of light coming through the wine in the glass. Something of a spicy (?) noseIm getting cinnamon and, maybe, clove which doesnt sound like Pinot Noir to me. Light red fruit on the tonguestrawberryand, also, a spritzy sensation on the tip of the tongue that makes me think effervescence, but there is none. Lig... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Deep and rich red and black fruit aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry preserves, a whiff of something herbal, somewhere between earthy mushroom and green pepper. Tart and sticky on the mouth, gripping tannins and full of blackberry fruit, this turns towards bright red fruit towards the finish and mellows out with sweet spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013

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    This wine still has a pretty big hit of red raspberry on entry, but that diminishes quickly. Towards mid-palate I get an earthiness. Tannins are very sedate compared to my previous experience with this wine over a year ago. Tannin and acid are supportive, providing backbone, but are much more in balance with the wines fruit. I liked this win... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

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    Cool lemon, melon and apple fruit with tea leaf and spice aromas. Palate is dry but quite fruity with white peach, tangerine and melon aromas up front followed by a crisp acidity and more citrus backbone of lemon zest. Past the fruit of the mid palate this finishes creamy and assertive with notes of vanilla, allspice and a quite lengthy sustaine... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Tropical fruit aromas of mango and banana to open with notes of lemon and spice following. Juicy and full bodied in the mouth, this carries a lot of vanilla and butter notes with some tart lemon and grapefruit, a burst of acidity on the mid palate and a nuttiness to the finish that smooths out towards more citrus and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here's my 1st written note on finding banana in my wine - auteur-chardonnay-sonoma-coast-2013.Gave it 92 points, if that means anything to anyone else. Read More

    Forum post in the topic I Tasted Green Banana;...


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard 2014

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    Perfect pinot for me. Very dark and velvety with a beautiful finish. Bold yet smooth with exquisitely well balanced flavors. Closer to a cabernet than any traditional pinot. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


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